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100 Black Men of Chicago
From the web site: "100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. will provide positive role models for African-American males throughout the Greater Chicago area by pairing them with successful African-American professionals committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community based on the following principles: Respect for Family, Spirituality, Justice and Integrity."

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ACE Mentor Program - connects youth with building trades, careers
From the web site: "ACE’s mission is to inform and excite high school students about career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering; encourage students to pursue secondary and post-secondary education that will prepare them for careers in the integrated construction industry; and support the development of basic and technical skills through mentoring relationships."

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All Stars Project of Chicago
The All Stars Project uses performance as a tool for youth development and growth, All Stars provides young people the opportunity to develop as learners and performers, onstage and off. Operates in South and West side locations of Chicago.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
From the web site: "Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 19, in communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago serves youth throughout the Chicagoland area: Cook, DuPage, and Lake Counties in Illinois, and Lake County, Indiana.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago offers volunteers different program options based around the same 1:1 mentoring model. BBBSMC has also launched its innovative online mentoring program, Flex Mentoring, which matches local high school students in high impact one-to-one mentoring relationships with corporate professionals while leveraging the mobility of technology. It offers volunteers the flexibility to mentor on their own time and build a personal connection with a child across distances."

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago - Mentoring
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters to match adult volunteers to be mentors to individual Club members.

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By the Hand Club - in four Chicago neighborhoods
From the web site: "By The Hand has always been known for emphasizing a holistic approach to child development. We literally and figuratively take our kids by the hand and walk alongside them from the time they enroll in our program until they’re walking independently as well-adjusted, responsible adults. We tutor them to academic excellence. We mentor them to make wise, life-defining decisions. And we care for them as our own, meeting their basic nutritional and medical needs." By the Hand Club locations are in Altgeld-Murray, 13015 S Ellis Ave; Austin, 415 N Laramie Ave.; Cabrini-Green, 1000 N Sedgwick St and Englewood, 220 West 45th Place.

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Chicago HOPES for Kids - Homeless Education Program
From the web site: "Chicago HOPES for Kids empowers children experiencing homelessness by providing direct academic support in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Children who are experiencing homelessness can fall three to six months behind in school due to their unstable living environment. We help these students unlock their own potential by ensuring that the children receive the necessary academic support needed to keep up in school. More importantly, we seek to foster a positive relationship with learning that will give our students hope for the future."

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Chicago Youth Centers - Teen Leadership Development Program
From the web site: "CYC’s TLD program prepares teens to become leaders and to achieve success in school as well as preparation for college and/or career by providing middle and high school youth (13–18 years of age) an opportunity for learning and personal development through clubs that meet their needs and interests. Each club includes the following core components: leadership development, skill development, service learning, extended learning, mentoring, and college and career readiness. All high school juniors and seniors participate in CYC’s post-secondary transition activities to ensure that they complete specific college and career readiness activities in the two years prior to high school graduation and college matriculation."

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Chicago Youth Programs, Inc. (CYP_)
From the web site: "CYP provides over 40 comprehensive programs to at-risk youth, ages 3-25, living in the Washington Park, Near North/Cabrini Green, and Uptown/Rogers Park neighborhoods.

Our approach is to bring children into programming at a young age and retain them up through college, providing comprehensive resources to meet their educational and developmental needs at each stage of their journey. Programming areas include: literacy skills, tutoring, mentoring, recreation, arts & cultural activities, leadership development, ACT/SAT prep, college and scholarship application support, scholarships, job readiness training, and personal support throughout their college education. All of our programs are free and CYP provides transportation to and from programs to ensure that access is never an issue."

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Family Focus - Violence Prevention Initiative
From the web site: "Afterschool programming held at our Aurora, Evanston, Highland Park/Highwood and Lawndale centers, supports children and youth ages 6-14. The programs provide positive alternatives to premature sexual activity, early parenthood, school dropout, and gang involvement by educating youth about their personal responsibilities and boundaries. Initiative focuses around academic success, exposure to the arts, and mental health services for children. During the summer, we provide all-day camps for children, utilizing teens form the local community to serve as camp counselors."

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Scouting programs offer many forms of mentoring and youth development. Visit the site to learn if there is a program in your community.

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GirlForward - supporting refugee girls
From the web site : "GirlForward is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for our Mentoring Program, which matches women mentors with adolescent refugee girls. As a mentor, you will be paired with a mentee in grades 9-12 and will meet with her for at least two hours per week to talk about school, relationships, and careers, and to do fun and engaging activities together. As a mentor, you will make a one-year commitment to GirlForward and will receive individual and group trainings to prepare you for this role."

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GRIP Outreach For Youth - Chicago
From the web site: "Our Life-on-Life approach starts by recruiting, training, and EQUIPPING an army of caring adult volunteer mentors. Next, we CONNECTthese mentors to youth through our engaging outreach programs.

Our staff then continue to coach our mentors to intentionally pursue and GROW these relationships outside the walls of our programs by spending time with youth–in their homes, schools, churches, and communities. We teach our mentors “throughout your week, as you’re doing life, simply bring your student along with you.” Over time, through persistent and consistent time spent together, Life-on-Life relationships start to form." Visit web site to read more.

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HFS Chicago Scholars
From the web site: "Since 1992, the award-winning HFS Chicago Scholars (HFS) has helped young men and women in high school achieve their educational aspirations. HFS began its concept to help a small group of economically disadvantaged and academically motivated 13-year old students and now it has grown into one of the largest scholarship organizations in the city of Chicago. For the upcoming Academic School Year (2016-17), we will assist over 140 scholars attend some of Chicago’s finest private high schools.

An important part of the HFS Chicago Scholars program is providing our scholars a role model to support them through their high school years. This is where you can get involved as a mentor. The impact that a mentor makes on a scholars life is critical as it can leave a positive impression that will impact that scholar’s life as a young adult." Visit site to learn more.

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Intonation Music Workshop (IMW)
From the web site: "Intonation kids explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and forming their own rick bands. Offered in partnership with schools, park districts, and community organizations, our year-round classes make music accessible to children by providing them with instruments, instruction, mentorship, and the chance to perform on stages across the city. Each Intonation student takes part in a personal and team approach to practice, setting goals and problem solving; and over time, they gain the confidence to take charge of their direction and seek out new experiences."

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Jumpstart Chicago
From the web site: "Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all." This link points to Jumpstart Illinois' home page.

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LaunchU connects Chicago scholars with mentors
From the web site: "LaunchU connects motivated urban scholars with committed young professionals to provide one-on-one mentorship throughout the college process.

The flagship program of Launch U, our one on one mentoring programs pair each high performing high school senior in our program with a young professional mentor of the same gender to guide them through college applications, scholarship hunting, and the college and career decisions that will set their trajectory for success."

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Metropolitan Family Services - Education Programs
From the web site: "Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.

Metropolitan's programs promote academic achievement and social and emotional development among children, youth and families to foster success in life. Helping parents, especially younger parents, prepare for the challenges of parenting ensures that children are cared for, nurtured and experience a future of promise and opportunity."

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Minds Matter - Chicago
From the web site: "Minds Matter is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Our goal is to equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process.

We forge relationships with guidance counselors in various schools throughout Chicago, who recommend their top sophomores to attend our program. Those students who are interested enter a rigorous application process that includes a written personal statement and a phone interview. Each accepted student is then paired with 2 mentors who work together over the next 3 years. These mentors – college graduates and typically young Chicago executives – become role models to the students, and they often keep in touch for many years."

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New Life Centers - Chicago
From the web site: "We are neighborhood based Centers that connect youth and young adults with Christ and Community through mentoring, education, and sports.

We operate sites in the Humboldt Park and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago. Each site offers unique programs that respond to the specific requests of our neighbors, most of which fall under three broad categories: Mentoring, Education and Sports."

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North South Foundation - Supports Indian Youth in US and India
From the web site: "North South Foundation is a volunteer driven non-profit organization that seeks to:

* Develop human resources by giving scholarships to brilliant but the most needy students in India entering colleges, regardless of religion, gender, caste or creed.
* Promote excellence in human endeavor by organizing Educational Contests for the kids in USA.
* Help people achieve success regardless of religion, gender, caste, geographic origin by giving hope to those who may have none." Visit the web site to learn about competitions.

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Passages Alternative Living Program, Project LEAP Mentoring
From the web site: "Passages Alternative Living Programs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) social service agency dedicated to family advocacy located on the near south side of Chicago. Passages is currently the largest Family Reconnection Center (FRC) in Chicago, providing supervised visitation services between children in the foster care system and their biological parents. Additionally, Passages offers an array of programs and services providing positive, corrective and supportive programs for disadvantaged and dysfunctional families.

The goal of Passages Mentoring Program is to pair DCFS foster care children, ages 6-18, in one-on-one relationships with carefully screened positive adult role models who are interested in enriching their lives and assisting them to develop their full potential. Mentors receive orientation, training, ongoing match support and one agency sponsored activity per month to cultural, sports and other events for their mentee. Children are involved in a nurturing relationship with the benefits of increased confidence and self-esteem, better grades in school, and exposure to cultural and fun experiences."

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Penedo Charitable Organization - Girls Mentoring
From the web site: "The PCO program is designed to support the long-term academic achievement and social and emotional growth of our students. PCO plans to locate its program in different regions throughout Chicago, at an educational institution that shares our mission and provides a nurturing environment for our students."

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Polished Pebbles - Girls Mentoring
From the web site: "The mission of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is to provide girls (7-17 years old) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating."
Programs are offered at a variety of schools and non-school locations.

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PURSUE Scholars - mentor opportunities
From the web site: "The problem that currently exists in urban higher education is that those who have a heart to build their communities aren’t properly resourced to receive the education and training they need to be sent back into their communities to create the impact they desire. This is where Pursue seeks to be a change-agent.

Pursue Scholars not only identifies young leaders who have a heart for the community, resources them and provides extensive leadership training. Pursue positions them to lead on campus, so that when they return home, they have real-world experience and proven leadership to build the communities they love so dearly.

In an effort to continue long-lasting relationships with local churches and parachurch organizations in Chicago, PURSUE Scholars seeks to facilitate a sense of community through partnering Life Coaches with a scholar. This is a way in which we help with a scholar’s discipleship process."

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